Updated June 30, 2016
Program Support and Equipment Manager – Joel “Peanut” Hendrix
Joel spent most of his business life in the construction industry as a manager. Due to the economic downturn, he became involved with RISE Adventures as a full time volunteer since inception in 2007. His love of working with persons with physical disabilities encouraged him to accept a full time position in 2012. He unanimously received the RISE Volunteer of the Year award in 2009 and 2010, and the Equipment Support of the Year award, 2011.
Contact Joel @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
Administrative Assistant – Ryan Venable
Ryan Venable grew up in Grapevine, Texas. At age of 14 he was diagnosed with Friedreichs Ataxia which is a NeuroMuscular Disease that caused him to slowly lose his coordination and balance. By 19, he started using a wheelchair fulltime. The disease caused him to isolate himself and not want to go out much, but then he discovered RISE in the summer of 2010. He finally realized that being disabled isn’t something to be ashamed of, but something to be proud of. In 2011 Ryan started to want to do more to help other disabled people, so him and Alli created The Wheels of Shame which post blogs shaming disabled parking violators. He also started helping out RISE with some of the online things that are needed to keep RISE going. This way others can experience RISE the way he did. He now does programs like Water Skiing, Tubing, and Quad Rugby regularly. He is making many new friends in RISE, and is hoping he can help others discover how much fun and life changing the experience can be participating in Therapeutic Adaptive Programs RISE provides weekly.
Contact Ryan @ email@example.com.
RISE Program Manager – Cayla Newkirk
Cayla graduated from Texas Woman’s University with her bachelors degree in Adaptive Physical Education. She then went on to pursue her Master degree in Adaptive Physical Activity from Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania. Cayla has worked as a program supervisor for a nonprofit organization in New York and as a special education teacher in Texas. She thoroughly enjoys sports of all abilities but especially team sports. Her hobbies include doing jigsaw puzzles, traveling all over the world, and running. She looks forward to learning from all the athletes at RISE and hopes to help them reach their potential goals!
RISE Program Manager – Caity Stolzer
Caity recently graduated from Texas Woman’s University with her Bachelors in Kinesiology. This fall she will be continuing her education in Texas Woman’s University’s Adaptive Physical Education Master’s program. She is the youngest in her family with two older brothers, one is in the Army and is currently stationed in Colorado while her other brother is a jet engine mechanic in the DFW area. She loves cooking and spending quality time with her friends and family. She also enjoys reading and photography. Since her introduction to adaptive sports, she has quickly fell in love with the confidence and independence that they can give the players. She has been volunteering with RISE for over a year now and is extremely excited to continue her time with all of them with this new position.